Cheap Booze!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Jul 06, 2011

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

   Today was a super duper awesome amazing incredibly fun driving day.  NOT.  Mom and I got up around 7, packed up our stuff, walked around some, and then came back and woke everyone up at 9 if they weren't already up.  They all packed up their stuff and we were cleaning up the apartment.  At 10, Madeline and Spencer were going to go find some store that was closed the day before, so we had them bring their stuff to the car so we could start trying to load it up. 

            Here is the car dilemma.  Basically, you have the driver’s seat, passenger’s seat, a row in the back, and a trunk.  In the trunk, you can fold up an extra seat, and lose half of the trunk.  Now, with Leslie here, we had 5 people and everything fit nice and in the back.  But now, we have lost Leslie and her 1 bag, and gained Spencer and Madeline, and 4 bags.  So we gained a person and three bags.  We had the debate over putting everything in the back, and squishing four in the row, or trying to get the seat up in the trunk, and having the third row hold something.  That is what we ended up doing because we got stuff squished in there enough to make it work.  But it took us a good hour to do it.  Madeline and Spencer got back, because none of the stores were open still because of the holiday the day before.

            Madison sat in the back tiny seat, having to climb over the top of the second row, Spencer, Madeline, and I in the row, and Anna in the front because her back hurt.  We got out of Barcelona pretty simply and started the fun journey to Andorra.  Anna’s back started really hurting.  I mean really really really hurting.  She was to tears at some points.  Not fun at all.  Then, the road to Andorra was straight up the Pyrenees so it was curvy, and horrible so I got car sick.  Didn’t throw up, but man did I want to. 

            We got into France without even realizing it (seriously NO border notification AT ALL).  At least when we got into Andorra, we had to drive through a little border control thing (didn’t have to show anything, but at least there was some type of structure). Pas de la Casa is RIGHT on the border (you can cross a small mountain and be in France, and on our map it is ON the border line).  Andorra is known for duty free shopping so the entire town is just shopping.  I will say, some of the stuff is ridiculously cheap.  American brand clothes and electronics aren’t cheap, but cigarettes, and alcohol are crazy cheap.  In the airport, Madeline and Spencer had spent 20 euros on a bottle of Absolut Mango Vodka.  Here, they are only 11 euros.  An even better example:  They have giant bottles of liqor – and I mean giant.  A 4.5 liter bottle of Smirnoff was 32 euros.  That’s like $45 or so.  A great comparison we found was a bottle of whiskey that Grandpa likes, that Mom bought for him in the US for $106, but here was only 50 euros, so only $75.  I don’t know why it’s so cheap but is crazy.

            We walked around for a while and found the place we’re staying at.  It’s a time share that Mom’s friend traded for since he wasn’t going to get to use his this year.  So, we came up here, the kids took a nap, while Mom and I went to the store and got stuff to make for dinner.  The guy here had told us that everything closed at 8, but there would still be restaurants open.  Well, the kids walked around after they got up and couldn’t find any, so we made pasta for dinner.  We got some great capers at the store, and so the pasta got even better when we put those on it.  Then we just kind of goofed off, read, etc. here.
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elaine74104 on

Aw. My sister gets serious back/leg/hip pain that makes her cry sometimes too. It sucks to see, huh?

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